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Ghalib Academy (Urdu: غالب اکادمی ‎) is an educational and cultural institution of national importance in India. It was founded in 1969 by Hakeem Abdul Hameed and inaugurated by former president of India Dr. Zakir Hussain in Nizamuddin West area, Delhi.[2] The Academy has been established in the memory of the 19th century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. The Academy is situated in the vicinity of the tomb of the 13th century Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya.

Ghalib Academy, New Delhi
The logo of Ghalib Academy
The logo of Academy
Formation22 February 1969; 50 years ago (1969-02-22)
Legal statusRegistered Society
PurposeEducational and Cultural
HeadquartersNizamuddin West, Delhi
  • Delhi
Coordinates28°21′N 77°08′E / 28.35°N 77.14°E / 28.35; 77.14
Official language
Hakeem Abdul Hameed
Main organ
Museum, Library, Auditorium, Publications
Parent organization
Sonali Mahila Vikas Charitable Trust[1]
AffiliationsRegistrar of Societies, Delhi
WebsiteOfficial Website
RemarksTo perpetuate the memory of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib in India and abroad.



The Academy consist of a museum in memory of the poet, a research library, an art gallery, an auditorium and a computerised calligraphy training center in collaboration with the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language .[3] The Academy is visited by thousand of Indian as well foreign scholars, writers, poets and academicians. The academy claims to have a wide and rich collection of books which are not available anywhere else. The Academy today engages in the development and promotion of the Urdu Language. It organizes literary and cultural programs on famous Urdu Poets like Ghalib and Allama Iqbal etc. to further the cause of Urdu Language. It also organizes seminars, workshops, exhibition and literary meets etc. The mausoleum of Mirza Ghalib is just next to the Academy building. It lies in the attached courtyard of the building just on the way to the Dargah of Nizamuddin. The Humayun's Tomb is also at a walking distance from the museum.


In the middle of the twentieth Century in order to keep alive the memory of the Indian poet Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, Hakeem Abdul Hameed formed a society named Ghalib Academy which was later joined by many other influential people of the time. This society had its registered office at Hamdard Manzil Lal Kuan Delhi. The Society president Hakeem Abdul Hameed purchased two plots adjacent to Ghalib's Mazar (grave) in Nizamuddin Basti and got the Ghalib Academy building constructed there. It was formally declared open by the then President of India Dr. Zakir Hussain on the occasion of the Ghalib Centenary on 22 February 1969.[citation needed]

Aims and ObjectivesEdit

  • To perpetuate the memory of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib in India and abroad.
  • To conduct research on Ghalib and his age.
  • To arrange for the education of oriental languages for the study of Ghalib.
  • To collaborate with Societies, Organization or Institutions carrying on kindred activities.

Subsidiary bodiesEdit

Building of Ghalib Academy

It has books covering topics which are not part of Ghalib's life but also covers other topics. Scholars

  • Auditorium

The Ghalib Academy also organizes seminars, literary meets, exhibitions, stage shows, musical soirees & documentary films to discuss the life of Ghalib as a big part of his life remains unknown. To successfully conclude these sessions, the most influential & intellectual people of Urdu literature are invited

  • Publications Section

The Academy has a publication section that over looks the publication of books on Ghalib and his contemporaries.Some of the much appreciated books by the publication section are Ghalib Aur Ahung -e- Ghalib, Ghalib aur Fan-e- Tanqeed(Ghalib and the Art of Satire), Ghalib Aur Zaka Momin Shakhsiat Aur fun, Talmihat-e- Ghalib.The Academy has brought out gorgeous editions of Dewan- e -Ghalib on art paper. It also publishes half-yearly literary Journal “Jahan-e-Ghalib”.[4]

  • Training Center

The academy runs a Centre for learning Urdu language, Urdu typing & computerized calligraphy. The Urdu language course is recognized by Delhi University.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ghalib Academy : NGO in India : Directory of Indian NGOs : NGO Reporter
  2. ^ "This Sunday, rediscover and explore Delhi..:The Ghalib trail". Hindustan Times. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  3. ^ Ghalib Academy Archived 2012-04-26 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Hamdard
  5. ^ Ghalib Academy